Stuart Middle School, South Fork High School Selected to Participate in Phase Two of Florida's Civics & Debate Initiative
Stuart Middle School and South Fork High School are among the 102 schools selected to participate in the second phase of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative. As part of the program, both schools will work to elevate civic knowledge, skills and disposition for students through speech and debate.
The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative was designed to create access and opportunities for all students to have the best civics education, including curriculum, debate programs, and high-quality teachers that are catalysts for students becoming great citizens who can preserve our constitutional republic for future generations. It introduces students to real-world issues and allows them to participate in the democratic process. Each participating school receives funding support to start their debate teams, including funds to offset educational resources, tournament transportation, coach stipends and membership in the National Speech and Debate Association.
"We are honored to have Stuart Middle School and South Fork High School representing the Martin County School District as part of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative," said Superintendent John D. Millay. "As our school district has been a trailblazer in civics education, we envision the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative will complement the many successful programs we have in place, including our flagship Youth in Government partnership with the YMCA of the Treasure Coast."
The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative also announced the dates for competitions and student opportunities available this year:
- Florida Civics and Debate Initiative Summer Camps, June 21 - July 2, 2021
- National Civics and Debate Championship, November 12 - 14, 2021
“The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative supports student academic success while building great citizens,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “Research shows the many benefits that participating in debate has on critical thinking, test scores, graduation rates, and college acceptance. I am thrilled about the expansion and want to thank the incredible Florida educators who are working hard to help make this initiative available in so many Florida schools.”
To learn more about the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative, please click here.